On the eve of the US presidential elections, scheduled for November 3, asteroid 2018 VP1 is approaching Earth. About it reports Space Reference with reference to data from the American space agency NASA.
The space body will fly past the Earth on November 2 at a distance of about 419 thousand square kilometers. The 2018 VP1 is no larger than a school bus.
The asteroid is not defined as “potentially dangerous”, since computer simulations of its trajectory did not show the inevitability of a future collision with our planet. It was last seen on November 16, 2018.
In early August, the asteroid 2009 PQ1, whose size is comparable to a football field, missed the Earth. A space object up to 190 meters long and 84 meters wide flew at a distance seven times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. The next time he will approach the Earth in 2137. 2009 PQ1 was first discovered on August 14, 2009. It belongs to the group of “Apollo” – asteroids that cross the Earth’s orbit.